The first thing you need to do is contact your
campus principal or counselor with your concerns. The initial referral
should be made in writing to the principal or assistant principal. The
referral can be initiated by a parent, student, guardian, physician,
teacher or other appropriate individual. When all requested information
is received, the Student Intervention Team (SIT) will determine whether or
not to refer the student for evaluation for special education
eligibility. Student Intervention Team
The Student Intervention Team
(SIT) usually consists of a campus administrator, counselor and general
education teachers. The SIT meets to review the progress of the
student’s current educational programs, interventions, and
recommendations. The SIT determines if a student needs to be referred
for special education assessment for a suspected area of disability.
A student is eligible for
special education services if they meet the criteria for one or more of
the following disabilities:
The campus is
required to notify the parent of the referral for Special Education
assessment and to obtain parental consent for the recommended
evaluation. The District will begin the evaluation only after written consent
has been received.
After the Evaluation
the evaluation, a written report is compiled that should provide you and
the school with information related to your child’s level of
performance and educational needs. You will receive feedback of the
evaluation and be able to ask questions prior to the ARD committee meeting.
Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD)
ARD is a committee
comprised of the parent(s)/guardian of the student, a regular education
teacher, at least one special education teacher and a representative of
the school who is qual if ied to provide or supervise instruction to
meet the needs of students with disabilities.
The ARD Committee
The ARD committee develops the student’s Individualized
Education Program (IEP). The IEP is a written plan describing the
provision of special education and related services for your child once a
disability has been determined.
After the IEP
After an IEP is written, the ARD committee must determine
the educational setting or placement where the special education and
related services will be provided. The student will be placed in the
educational setting that provides the most opportunities to be educated
with students who do not have disabilities (Least Restrictive
The ARD committee meets once a year to review the student’s
progress. Reevaluation needs are reviewed in an ARD meeting at least
every three (3) years.